Tag Archives: Seven Days Battles

A Geneseo Gunner on the Virginia Peninsula

I have had difficulty connecting my hometown to the Virginia battlefields I primarily research. Geneseo, Illinois sent its fair share of soldiers to the western theater but had no formal units in the east. While researching a blog article two … Continue reading

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Constant and Devoted Friends of the Soldier: Seneca and Elmira Simmons

The Pennsylvania Reserve Division is likely not one of the first to come to mind if you were asked to name a famous unit of the Army of the Potomac. Yet it was one of the hardest fighting divisions within … Continue reading

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Opportunity Lost: Glendale – June 30, 1862

On June 25, 1862, George McClellan had 105,000+ men within just as few miles of Richmond. Robert E. Lee took over the Confederate Army from the injured Joe Johnson on June 1, and devised a plan to drive Federal Army … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/22-4/29/19

Last week’s question opened a discussion about significant battles or skirmishes in the Peninsula Campaign, but excluded the Seven Days Battles. Now, in you opinion which battle during the Seven Days was most significant and important? Why?

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Confiscating Confederate Tobacco: Thomas Hyde at Gaines’ Mill

Thomas Worcester Hyde served as a distinguished inspector general and infantry commander in the VI Corps for much of the war. His bold assault at Antietam earned him the Medal of Honor and his New York Times obituary championed him … Continue reading

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Malvern Hill: A Victory With The Look And Feel Of Defeat

ECW welcomes back guest author Rob Wilson “I have supped full with horrors. Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts Cannot once start me.” — William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5, Line 13-15 The Army of the Potomac emerged the clear … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/22-5/29/17

During the defense of Richmond/Peninsula Campaign of 1862, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston was wounded. General Robert E. Lee took his place as army commander to defend Richmond from McClellan’s Union Army. In your opinion, was there another Confederate general who … Continue reading

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A Virginia Boy

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Doug Crenshaw In June 1862, George McCall’s Division of the Union V Corps was stationed east of Beaver Dam Creek near Mechanicsville, Virginia.  It was there to guard the route to the Pamunkey River supply … Continue reading

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Union Balloon Corps: Part 3

(Part 1 and Part 2 are available for reference.) The Union Balloon Corps received little recognition for its successes, and many in the military Sevens Days Battles considered them nothing more than entertainment. The conclusion of the Seven Days Battles, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/6-3/12/16

We happen to be spending a little time at the beginning of this week exploring the Seven Days battles in late June-early July 1862. Which of the Seven Days is most interesting to you? Why?

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